Rochester scored what proved to be the winning run with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 5-4 victory over Columbia High in game two of a SWW 1A Trico Division fastpitch double-header here Monday.
Columbia (2-6 in Trico, 2-10-1 overall) took a 4-2 lead with a two-out rally in the fifth inning, on consecutive run-scoring singles by Lacey Delehant and Lacey Kruse.
The visiting Warriors evened the score in their half of the fifth, however, manufacturing two runs off Bruins pitcher Andrea Helton with three hits, a walk and a fielder's choice.
And after holding CHS scoreless in the top of the sixth, Rochester capitalized on two Columbia errors on the infield in its half to take a 5-4 edge.
The Bruins didn't go quietly, though. Kristie Morris singled to lead off CHS's seventh at-bat and moved to third base via ground outs by Claire Stevenson and Ericka Ziegler.
But third was as far as she got as Delehant popped out to second to end the game.
Delehant paced Columbia's nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double and run scored. Morris and Ziegler both went 2 for 4 with a double and run scored.
Rochester finished with seven hits and left eight runners on base, including the bases loaded in the first, when it parlayed five walks and one hit batter into two runs.
In game one, Columbia and Rochester went eight innings, with the Warriors scoring five runs with one out in the top of the eighth, on the way to a 7-3 victory.
Rochester loaded the bases after a pair of walks and an infield error, and took a 5-2 lead with back-to-back doubles. A two-run single followed one out later and the Warriors led by five runs.
Columbia's eighth began with an out, but Kruse reached on an error, Brittany Delehant had a pinch-hit single and Monica Blackmer got on via an error to fill the bags.
Kruse eventually came around to score and Delehant advanced to third, but the game ended when Blackmer got doubled up off first base after Rachel Connolly flied out to center.
All told, Rochester outhit Columbia, 10-9, and also benefitted from four wild pitches, three hit batters, three walks and three errors by CHS.
Ziegler paced the Bruins at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a triple, a run batted in and a run scored. Lacey Delehant was 1 for 4 with an RBI, while Morris and Adrianne DeLay each had two hits.
At Castle Rock 11-16, Columbia High 1-1:
The host Rockets won the first game of last Friday's Trico double-header in five innings and the second game in three.
Claire Stevenson had one of two CHS hits in the first game and scored the Bruins' only run on a passed ball in the fourth frame.
Columbia's run in the second contest came in the third inning, when Connolly scored on a two-out single by Ziegler.
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The Bruins and the Bulldogs got together in White Salmon last Thursday and needed an extra inning to complete the Trico double-header they began on April 1.
Columbia, which won the first game 10-8, claimed victory in the second by scoring twice in the last of the eighth on RBI ground outs by Lacey Delehant and Kristie Morris that brought home Claire Stevenson, then Ericka Ziegler.
The Bruins finished the slugfest with 16 hits and the Bulldogs cranked out 11 hits off CHS hurlers Brittany Delehant and Andrea Helton.
Ziegler led CHS with four hits in six at-bats, five runs scored and two runs batted in. Stevenson tallied three hits and four runs, Monica Blacker went 3 for 5 and Lacey Delehant was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.